Traf­fic move­ment is get­ting worse in Bray

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The dis­trict en­gi­neer Liam Bourke gave mem­bers an up­date on traf­fic and trans­port.

‘Push but­ton up­grades have been car­ried out in 2016 from pub­lic realm dis­cre­tionary fund­ing,’ he said.

‘ The pro­gramme was not com­pleted as other sig­nal de­fi­cien­cies were iden­ti­fied for which ad­di­tional fund­ing is re­quired. It was pre­vi­ously re­ported that the ca­bling and sig­nal heads at Vevay Road/Put­land Road re­quire up­grad­ing.

‘ The pedes­trian sig­nals on the Up­per Dar­gle Road at Fas­saroe Es­tate and James Everett Park are over 30 years old. Both sets have ex­ten­sive faults and the power sup­ply at the Fas­saroe in­stal­la­tion has in­ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion. It is rec­om­mended that ad­di­tional fund­ing of €56,000 be al­lo­cated from Pub­lic Realm fund­ing for upgrade of these sig­nals.’

Fund­ing is still in place to carry out re­quired duct­ing works at Cas­tle Street pedes­trian sig­nals, which was iden­ti­fied last year.

‘Fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of traf­fic move­ment has been noted through­out the town over the last few weeks,’ said Mr Bourke.

‘Dublin Bus have re­ported in­creased de­lays on the 145 route. The sig­nals are all op­er­at­ing to pro­vide max­i­mum ca­pac­ity on the main roads dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods. The clo­sure of the Lower Dar­gle Road for road re­con­struc­tion work would be a mi­nor con­trib­u­tory fac­tor to in­creased de­lays. How­ever, it pri­mar­ily an in­crease in gen­eral traf­fic and par­tic­u­larly school traf­fic dur­ing wet weather that is the prin­ci­pal fac­tor.’

He said that on the morn­ing of Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, queues were noted ex­tend­ing back to the M11 from Wil­ford, across the M11 bridge on Old Con­naught Av­enue and for dis­tances of 500m on the Up­per Dar­gle Road from the Sun- ny­bank junc­tion and 900m on the Vevay Road from the Town Hall junc­tion.

‘As Ac­cess to Bray town cen­tre is se­verely cur­tailed by the con­straints of the ex­ist­ing road net­work, plans for al­ter­na­tive ac­cess to the town are re­quired,’ said Mr Bourke.

Mem­bers asked him about traf­fic be­ing routed down Ravenswell Road ac­cess­ing the Har­bour area. It is not fea­si­ble in the short term, he said, be­cause it is tied up by a right of way with Ir­ish Rail. Also the bridge is only suit­able for cars. ‘It is some­thing that could be con­sid­ered,’ he said. Mean­while, they are look­ing at widen­ing Sea­point Road and putting in a third lane at the Fran O’Toole Bridge.

‘ The place has ground to an ab­so­lute halt,’ said Cllr John Ryan, who added that the coun­cil­lors need to work to­gether as eight and put a cam­paign in place re­gard­ing the N11. WORKS are ex­pected to start at Old­court to­wards the end of May, all go­ing well.

Cllr Joe Be­han asked for in­for­ma­tion on the mat­ter, as the lat­est phase energy ef­fi­ciency works are ex­pected at the es­tate.

Cllr Michael O’Con­nor said that some eight houses re­main boarded up. ‘Is there any way we could have sent out ten­ders be­fore the ap­proval of fund­ing?’ he asked.

Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer Tri­ona Irv­ing said that they couldn’t have gone ahead with­out ap­proval from the Depart­ment be­cause they pro­vide the fund­ing.

She said that they have gone out to set up a frame­work panel of con­trac­tors.

Then there will be prices sub­mit­ted for in­di­vid­ual jobs. She said that there will be 28 houses done by the end of the year.

Ms Irv­ing added that of­fi­cials will meet with oc­cu­pants of the 69 houses. It is planned to de­liver works to the res­i­dents there long­est first.

She said that while eight houses are re­quired for de­cant­ing, the sooner works get started, the sooner they will be re­al­lo­cated.

Traf­fic on the Vevay Road in Bray.

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